Archinect - News 2017-08-19T05:31:59-04:00 The rapid gentrification of Rio's favelas in advance of the Olympics Nicholas Korody 2016-06-15T13:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-15T13:22:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, state neglect forced a pace of progress that was slow and painful in Rio&rsquo;s favelas, which &ndash; unlike many other informal settlements around the world &ndash; have a largely stable population. While some residents express satisfaction that state involvement has brought new income streams and improved security, there is anger that changes are imposed from outside, without consultation with residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">11 workers have died so far during Rio Olympic construction, audit finds</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">With the Rio Olympics opening in less than four months, sports federation concerned over problem with venues</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Rio cancels construction contract for unfinished Olympic tennis center &ndash; 200 days before the games open</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Rio Olympics "must be postponed, moved, or both" due to Zika threat</a></li></ul> "Latin America is where modernist Utopia went to die." – A closer look at the changing urban landscape of Caracas Alexander Walter 2015-11-25T17:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T18:40:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;El mejor anuncio de la historia&rsquo;, or &lsquo;the best ad in history&rsquo; is a picture taken in February 2008, which neatly encapsulates several aspects of the city&rsquo;s urban landscape: the formal, the informal and the promotional. '[...]Around and in between the super bloques a carpet of slums has grown, an organism that now seems to bind the blocks together in some symbiotic relationship. These are the kind of hybrid forms that are developing in Latin American cities [...]&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venezuelan Government Evicts Residents From World's Tallest Slum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Housing Reform, is a "Tower of David" Coming to Your City?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> The Trouble with Favela Chic Archinect 2014-06-23T18:50:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:30:40-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Milwaukee bar called Nomad World Pub wanted to create a special place for its customers to watch the World Cup, so it decided to set up a faux favela inspired by Rio de Janeiro&rsquo;s poverty-stricken mountainside slums. The fact the space comes with a taco hut &mdash; a type of food not even served in Brazil &mdash; reveals the depth of ignorance out of which it was created. You have to wonder: is the menu in Spanish too?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Growing Middle Class of Brazil’s Slums Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-05-14T07:33:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="169" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazil&rsquo;s burgeoning middle class have an important place in the country&rsquo;s slums. This finding is part of a survey released by the newly created Instituto Data Favela which established that, in 2013, 65% of the country&rsquo;s slum-dwellers belonged to the middle class. In 2003, this proportion was 33%. [...] &ldquo;But we are not only interested in the middle class,&rdquo; he argues, &ldquo;We want to benefit all community residents through sustainable and comprehensive development, achieved through economic avenues.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse? Alexander Walter 2014-02-24T14:19:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rio de Janeiro is set to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and there are two starkly different visions of what that will mean for the "marvelous city," as it is known[...] "Instead of creating a space of conviviality, a space of shared culture, of community, of conversation, you are going to have this very isolated element where after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, it's going to be dead. You are creating banks, parking lots, Trump towers," Gaffney said. "It's been rezoned for 50-story buildings."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></p></li></ul> Editor's Picks #332 Nam Henderson 2013-09-10T11:11:00-04:00 >2013-09-12T05:07:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce penned a remembrance to his friend architect Larry Totah, titled Slow Weather of Architecture. Therein he describes "The House"...overlooking Pacific Ocean rather edgewise and build like a long drawing depicting a horizontally composed architecture. The fog, roof and the walls are more of Chumash hiring Hopi to build on their mountains for few exquisite basket full of shellfish to adorn the wedding dresses in Hopi villages like the ones a Don Juan dreamed of, a fair exchange"...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;interviewed architectural photographer Bilyana Dimitrova, formerly Metropolis Magazine&rsquo;s photo editor. The two discussed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Photography in the 21st Century</a> ahead of the exhibition '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyond the Assignment: Defining Photographs of Architecture and Design</a>'&nbsp;which will be presented by the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University, October 5 - November 1, 2013.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;penned a remembrance to his friend architect Larry Totah, titled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Slow Weather of Architecture</a>.&nbsp;Therein he describes "<strong>The House</strong>" which "<em>continuously frames and de-frames itself in three or four sets of axis minded passages. In the front, overlooking Pacific Ocean rather edgewise and build like a long drawing depicting a horizontally composed architecture. The fog, roof and the walls are more of Chumash hiring Hopi to build on their mountains for few exquisite basket full of shellfish to adorn the wedding dresses in Hopi villages like the ones a Don Juan dreamed of, a fair ...</em></p> Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification Alexander Walter 2013-06-07T12:56:00-04:00 >2013-06-07T15:08:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new boutique hotel perched on top of one of Rio's previously most dangerous favelas is about to open. And yes, there is a jazz club and yoga, too. These are new services catering to a new kind of favela resident. "It's actually very conveniently located for my work," says Natalie Shoup, a 22-year-old American who lives in a favela called Babilonia, or Babylon. "This has a good amount of transportation to every part of the city. It's nice. It worked out really well."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On the other hand: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Remaking Rio: turning an urban dystopia into an Olympic playground </a>(<em>The Verge</em>)</p> <p> Previously on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby</a></li> </ul> Before Olympics It's Demolition Derby Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-05T15:13:00-05:00 >2012-03-06T19:30:07-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The authorities think progress is demolishing our community just so they can host the Olympics for a few weeks</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="">Brazilian government is evicting people and demolishing thousands of homes to stage the&nbsp;Olympics&nbsp;and the World Cup.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;These events were supposed to celebrate Brazil&rsquo;s accomplishments, but the opposite is happening,&rdquo; said Christopher Gaffney, a professor at Rio&rsquo;s Fluminense Federal University. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re seeing an insidious pattern of trampling on the rights of the poor and cost overruns that are a nightmare.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>The favela evictions have struck a particular nerve on the streets. A network of activists in 12 cities estimates that as many as 170,000 people may face eviction ahead of the World Cup and the Olympics. In Rio, evictions are taking place in slums across the city, including the Metr&ocirc; favela near the Maracan&atilde; stadium, where residents who refused to move live amid the rubble of bulldozed homes.</em></p> From the School Blogs: 5-hour film: Favela Santa Marta Archinect 2011-08-08T15:32:42-04:00 >2011-08-08T15:35:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I am back home, in Rio, and have made an architectonic-cinematographic collaboration with filmmaker Rogerio Boettger. The 5-hour film must be produced, shot and edited within a period of five hours.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New ideas for sustainable architecture in the Americas Paul Petrunia 2011-07-05T13:30:19-04:00 >2011-07-05T13:30:38-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... in Rio de Janeiro, city officials are working with architects to integrate the notorious favelas with the rest of the city by new cable car lines and a walkway designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer designed. Rio's government and business community are also funding the Morar Carioca architectural competition that will hire 30 architects to build healthy homes, schools, and clinics for the city's poorest 200,000 residents.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>